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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your name on the front of a steam engine? This February half term, 18th to 26th February, we are giving our younger passengers the chance to have their name on a headboard on the front of a steam locomotive.

All children visiting the railway over the holiday, aged 4 to 15 years old, will be given the chance to enter for this one-off exclusive opportunity. The winning entrant will be able to see their name on a headboard, running over the Easter weekend and the lucky winner will get to keep the headboard as a unique souvenir!

This half term you will have the opportunity to explore the railway's four stations and travel along the 18-mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. At Pickering station explore the 1930s station and visit Peter's Railway Young Engineer's Centre, an interactive exhibition for children to learn about engineering and science through storytelling. Levisham station is great location for letting off steam with the many scenic walks in the North York Moors National Park.  

At Goathland explore the celebrity station which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film and visit the converted 1922 style goods shed tearoom. Meanwhile at Grosmont station visitors will have the chance to explore the engine sheds where our steam and diesel locomotives are maintained and restored.

Laura Strangeway, Head of Marketing at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, comments: “As well as providing a beautiful experience for passengers, the Charitable Trusts aim is to provide education for all ages. This is a great way to encourage families to travel on the railway and encourage children to get involved and learn more about the preservation of railway heritage.”

In 2017 the railway celebrates 50 years since the formation of the NYMR Preservation Society, forerunner of the current Charitable Trust (1967 - 2017). Today the railway is a not-for profit charitable organisation run as part of the local community. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers who focus on improving the quality of the infrastructure, the railway vehicles and passenger experience.

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All children visiting the railway over 18th to 26th February will be able to enter the competition via our activity sheet, which will be available from the Booking Offices or Shops. Children entering the competition must be aged 4-15 years old. The closing date to enter the competition will be 3rd March 2017. The winner will be announced 13th March 2017. The personalised headboard will be on display over Easter weekend, 14th to 17th April 2017 and given to the winner after use. Entrants must be aged from 4 – 15 years old and must have consent from a parent or legal guardian aged 18 years or over. Winner will be selected at random from all entries received. Only one entry per person. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.Any personal data submitted with consent will be kept by the NYMR for the purpose of sending out prizes. All entrants will be automatically opting in to join our e-newsletter database and receive future NYMR e-newsletters. By entering the competition, you automatically give consent for your name to be used for possible social media/marketing promotion (e.g. Facebook and on our website). Any complaints about fairness can be taken up by contacting the NYMR’s marketing team. The winners will be contacted after the closing date by a member of the NYMR marketing team. If a winning entrant cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the NYMR reserves the right to stand down that entrant and select another winner. The NYMR’s decision is final and no correspondence will be considered. The NYMR reserves the right to alter/cancel the competition without any prior warning. The NYMR reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time, including altering or substituting the prize.